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Date: 3/6/2009

Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics Moves to New Location/Expands Services

Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics Center, offering advanced medical equipment and qualified professionals to assist with the proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, has moved to a new location. Sleep center specialists began providing these services on Sunday, March 1 at 10110 Donald Powers Drive, Suite 201B, in Munster.

“Sleep diagnostic services help to improve the overall health and well-being of the people in our communities, and we are pleased to offer an expansion of this specialized care at a new, larger location,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital.

Community Hospital’s original Sleep Diagnostics Center opened in May 2001 and was located in the hospital’s Medical Office Building. The expansion of the center will meet the increased need for services stemming from heightened public awareness of sleep disorders.

There is growing research that suggests the lack of sleep is linked to serious medical conditions that can adversely affect quality of life. Conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes and stroke may all be related to the lack of sleep. The good news is that most identified sleep disorders can be effectively treated once diagnosed.

“Poor sleep habits can have a severe, negative impact on a person’s health and well-being,” said David Rozenfeld, M.D., neurologist and Board Certified sleep specialist who serves as the medical director of Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics Center. “Cases of sleep apnea — where the patient cannot breathe normally, can be associated with hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease. There is also a negative impact on road safety with increased incidents of fatal crashes related to sleep deprivation. But, through proper evaluation, we can identify conditions leading to lack of sleep. People who feel well rested experience improved quality of life.

The new Sleep Diagnostics Center has expanded its evaluation capabilities to a 10-bed facility. Each evaluation bedroom has been designed to provide ultimate comfort with luxurious state-of-the-art amenities, including an adjustable mattress, flat screen television, nightstand, desk, reclining lounge chair and private bathroom.

“Sleep diagnostic procedures are pain-free and conducted in the comfort of our new enhanced accommodations,” Rozenfeld said. “It’s difficult to distinguish the difference between the sleep evaluation bedrooms and suites of five-star hotels. We use music and meditation CDs to help create a calm, soothing, restful environment.”

While the patient sleeps, a technician performs an evaluation from a centralized control room to detect signs and symptoms of sleep disorders. A polysomnogram (PSG) is used to analyze the patient’s brainwaves and other physiological activity, including heart rate, eye movement, muscle activity, and blood oxygen levels. During the PSG a microphone is taped to the throat to record snoring, a sensor is placed under the nose to detect airflow, and belts are placed around the chest and abdomen to monitor breathing. The test is painless and non-invasive.

Diagnostic services identify conditions that contribute to poor quality and/or lack of sleep. One of the most common disorders is known as obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that is characterized by repetitive episodes of airflow obstruction into the lungs. Sleep apnea is a life-altering disorder that reduces blood oxygen levels and strains the heart. It is linked to high blood pressure, irregular heart beats and increase risk of heart attacks and strokes. Snoring and snorting sounds during sleep are the most common indicators of obstructive sleep apnea.

In 2005, Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics Center was awarded full sleep center accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the national governing body of sleep medicine. The AASM accreditation confirms the competence of the staff, medical direction, patient care and overall efficiency and appearance of the Center. All of the Center’s evaluating physicians are either board certified or board eligible in sleep medicine and include Rozenfeld, Assad Jandali, M.D., Alexander Bozanich, M.D., Fadi Layous, M.D., Mridula Prasad, M.D. and Andrea DeLeo, D.O.

Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics specialists forward a copy of the patients’ study findings to the referring physician upon interpretation. A sleep evaluation can be initiated by physician referral, or through self-referral to Community Hospital Sleep Diagnostics Center at 10110 Donald Powers Drive, Suite 201B in Munster, 219-934-2873. Scheduling is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and sleep evaluations run 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Sleep Diagnostic services offered by Community Hospital accept payment from most insurance carriers including Medicare and Medicaid.

For more information about the sleep diagnostics services available through the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, visit our web site at www.comhs.org.


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